2002 Kia Optima Trims and Specs

Original MSRP: $15,394
4 national listings
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Cassette · AM/FM radio
Brakes Power
Convenience Features Center Console · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power
Rear Seats Type: split-bench
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Power door locks
Tires and Rims 15 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: steel
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $15,394 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.4L 149 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
19MPG city
26MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$15,394
Invoice$13,408

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
19MPG city
26MPG highway
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
18MPG city
24MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS Brakes--

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

2.4L 149 hp I4
Power 149 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 159 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume17 gal
Front Legroom43.3 in
Back Legroom36.2 in
Wheelbase106.3 in
Length186.2 in
Width71.7 in
Height55.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume13.6 cu ft
A new engine and features are found in the 2002 Kia Optima LX sedan, the base model for this mid-size. A 2.4-liter DOHC I4 puts out 149-hp and is matched to a 5-speed manual transmissi... Read More
A new engine and features are found in the 2002 Kia Optima LX sedan, the base model for this mid-size. A 2.4-liter DOHC I4 puts out 149-hp and is matched to a 5-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed automatic. The 2002 Optima LX also gets an upgrade to 15-inch tires. Full power features, split-folding rear seats, air conditioning, intermittent wipers, and a cassette player are all standard in the base LX. It is also well equipped for safety, with dual front and side airbags. ABS brakes are not available to replace the disc brakes.
There are few options for the 2002 Optima LX, but you can get a CD player, cruise control, and a power driver's seat. Fuel economy is so-so on the mid-size sedan, ranging from 20/28 mpg. Owners seem to like all the standard features for such an affordable car, as well as the overall smooth handling. Poor acceleration with the I4 is a problem, but doesn't seem to be that significant.
Original MSRP: $17,044
2 national listings
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio
Brakes Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Rear Seats Type: split-bench
Roof Moonroof: power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Tires and Rims 15 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $17,044 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.4L 149 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
19MPG city
26MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$17,044
Invoice$14,771

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
19MPG city
26MPG highway
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
18MPG city
24MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS Brakes--

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofStandard
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player, CD Player

Engine

2.4L 149 hp I4
Power 149 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 159 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume17 gal
Front Legroom43.3 in
Back Legroom36.2 in
Wheelbase106.3 in
Length186.2 in
Width71.7 in
Height55.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume13.6 cu ft
The 2002 Kia Optima SE is a more fully equipped version of the roomy mid-size family sedan. It comes with a 2.4-liter, 149-hp DOHC I4 and choice of standard 5-speed manual or 4-speed T... Read More
The 2002 Kia Optima SE is a more fully equipped version of the roomy mid-size family sedan. It comes with a 2.4-liter, 149-hp DOHC I4 and choice of standard 5-speed manual or 4-speed Tiptronic transmission. This year it receives a 4-way power passenger seat to go with the standard 8-way driver's seat, and automatic headlights.
Other highlights of the 2002 Optima SE include a sunroof, foglights, remote entry, heated mirrors, a CD player, and leather trim for the shifter and steering wheel, making the SE seem more elegant than the base Optima. Dual front and side airbags are standard, as is a security system not offered on the LX. ABS brakes are not offered with the I4 Optimas, but you can get leather seats for the 2002 Optima SE. For a relatively low price tag, owners like how many standard features come with the SE, but the I4 engine can feel labored. Overall leg and shoulder room is generous for four passengers. There have been problems with the power windows getting stuck.
Original MSRP: $17,944
2 national listings
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Cassette · AM/FM radio
Brakes Power
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer
Interior Aluminum accents
Lights Exterior entry lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power
Rear Seats Type: split-bench
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Power door locks
Tires and Rims 15 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $17,944 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.7L 178 hp V6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
22MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$17,944
Invoice$15,440

Transmission

Drivetrain FWD
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
22MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

2.7L 178 hp V6
Power 178 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 181 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume17 gal
Front Legroom43.3 in
Back Legroom36.2 in
Wheelbase106.3 in
Length186.2 in
Width71.7 in
Height55.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume13.6 cu ft
Aside from a bigger and more powerful engine that gains a boost this year, the 2002 Kia Optima LX V6 is little different from the base LX sedan. A new 2.7-liter, 178-hp DOHC V6 powers ... Read More
Aside from a bigger and more powerful engine that gains a boost this year, the 2002 Kia Optima LX V6 is little different from the base LX sedan. A new 2.7-liter, 178-hp DOHC V6 powers the mid-size family car, with a 4-speed Tiptronic transmission. No manual transmission is offered. Like the base LX, the 2003 Optima LX V6 has intermittent wipers, full power features, a tachometer, 15-inch wheels, and dual front and side airbags. The LX V6 adds cruise control and metallic interior accents, for a more upscale feel.
A CD player and power driver's seat are available options, and unlike the base LX, the LX V6 can be equipped with ABS brakes. Rear seats do split-fold for more trunk room. With the bigger engine, fuel economy decreases somewhat on the 2003 Optima LX V6. This roomy sedan is a big hit with owners, who say the interior is spacious and comfortable even for backseat riders. The engine is powerful and the handling easy. Complaints mention the low fuel economy and the non-transferable warranty.
Original MSRP: $19,344
2 national listings
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio
Brakes Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer
Interior Aluminum accents
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, heated
Rear Seats Type: split-bench
Roof Moonroof: power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Tires and Rims 15 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $19,344 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.7L 178 hp V6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
22MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$19,344
Invoice$16,663

Transmission

Drivetrain FWD
4-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
22MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofStandard
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player, CD Player

Engine

2.7L 178 hp V6
Power 178 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 181 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume17 gal
Front Legroom43.3 in
Back Legroom36.2 in
Wheelbase106.3 in
Length186.2 in
Width71.7 in
Height55.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume13.6 cu ft
The top of the line model for this mid-size sedan, the 2002 Kia Optima SE V6 keeps a low price tag while still offering plenty of standard features and a more powerful 2.7-liter, 178-hp... Read More
The top of the line model for this mid-size sedan, the 2002 Kia Optima SE V6 keeps a low price tag while still offering plenty of standard features and a more powerful 2.7-liter, 178-hp V6 engine. Also new this year are standard 15-inch tires.
The 2002 Optima SE V6 comes only with a 4-speed auto tran with sport shift, but like the 4-cylinder SE, it features full power accessories, including a power driver's seat, a sunroof, remote entry, leather trim for the steering wheel and shifter, heated mirrors, cruise control, a security system, and a CD player. Alloy wheels are complemented by the alloy accents inside the cabin. Foglights and dual front airbags are also standard. Leather seats and ABS brakes are only offered as options on the 2002 Optima SE V6. The front-wheel drive sedan gets a so-so 19/25 mpg. The gas mileage is the biggest complaint for owners, though they would like more horsepower as well. Generally, they love all the standard features you get at a reasonable price.